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1. Six talented musicians will take the stage during Young Artists in Concert July 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre. The award winners from this year’s Young Artist Auditions, presented by the Rochester Philharmonic League, are Raymond Feng (above), Isabella Lau, Mark Mitrano, Samuel Nitsch, Jazmine Saunders and Adriana Scalice. rpo.org

2. Hill Cumorah Pageant will be held July 14, 15 and 18 to 22. The free outdoor theatrical production, presented by the Mormon Church, draws thousands every summer to a hillside near Palmyra where the religion has its roots. With a cast of more than 650, it’s a big show. hillcumorah.org

3. The Summer Sunset Music Series at Penthouse at One East Ave. continues July 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. with the acoustic duo of Corey Bates and Brian Eberts. The series coincides with Midtown EATS, the monthly pop-up restaurant row next to Tower280. penthouseroc.com

4. ROC Pride Fest July 9 to 16 celebrates LGBTQ culture with activities for all ages. The pride parade along Park Avenue steps off at 1 p.m. July 15. ROC Pride Fest will be held in Cobbs Hill Park July 15 and 16. Also planned: a 5K, kickoff beach party and more. gayalliance.org

5. Rochester Museum & Science Center gives a nod to women in science with “Ladies in the Lab,” July 8 at 8 p.m. There will be presentations and hands-on science activities—along with food trucks, a cash bar and museum access. rmsc.org

Master maker

Wendell Castle—whose sculptural furniture art is prized by collectors and museums around the world—will be the center of a major exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery opening Oct. 8. His innovative stack-lamination technique and some mold-form fiberglass pieces will be among 40 works of art in the show. Castle started building furniture in 1958 at the start of the American studio craft movement. He has always sought new techniques; the exhibition will show the evolution of his work from his resistance to traditional joinery in hand craftsmanship to the use of 21st-century technology.  mag.rochester.edu

Films toast life’s magic

A new closing night concert and party are part of the mix in the 17th annual JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester International Jewish Film Festival, July 9 to 17.

The festival will screen 15 feature-length narratives and 11 documentaries, with visiting filmmakers and post-film discussions. Films were shot around the world: U.S., Israel, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Hungary, Australia, Denmark and Italy. The stories range from the intimate details of human connection to fly-on-the-wall accounts of history-making moments.

The opening night film—to be held at the George Eastman Museum at 7 p.m. July 9—is “The Women’s Balcony,” a comedy about speaking up against patriarchal power.

Described as a high-octane fiddle fest, Barrage 8 will entertain during the closing night party at a venue new to the festival, Nazareth College Arts Center, July 17. The closing film is “Joe’s Violin,” above, a doc about the friendship that ensues between a 91-year-old who donates the violin he has played for 70 years and the violin’s new young owner. rjff.org

Gritty take on ‘MacBeth’

Wallbyrd Theater Co. is known for its unconventional stagings of classic plays. The young company’s next creation, “MacBeth,” is no exception.

Wallbyrd tells Shakespeare’s story about ambition and power in a post-apocalyptic setting.

New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park recently staged its own version of the tale, drawing national attention for its political commentary.

“‘Macbeth’ is a story of self-destruction,” says artistic director and WallByrd founder Virginia Monte, “so we’re building a world like audiences have seen in films like ‘Mad Max’ or ‘Doomsday,’ with a wild mix of rebellion and grunge that speaks to the chaos of society breaking down.”

Wallbyrd prefers nontraditional casting, such as placing a woman, Caitlin Kenyon, in the role of MacDuff. The cast of more than 30 includes professional combatants, dancers and puppeteers.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. July 14 to 29, except Mondays and Tuesdays, at Lyric Theatre.
wallbyrd.com

ARTS & CULTURE

A Lithuanian pianist who has performed on the world’s major stages will play at Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival July 14.

The Canandaigua festival is held over two weekends—July 14, 16, 21 and 23. Launched in 2005, it presents four chamber concerts.

Ieva Jokubaviciute will open the festival in the Student Center Auditorium at Finger Lakes Community College. She will be joined by Avalon String Quartet in a rendition of Robert Schumann’s “Fantasy.”

“The festival has been bringing world-class musicians to Canandaigua for over a decade,” said violinist Kevin Kumar, the festival’s co-artistic director. “Ieva Jokubaviciute is sought after and has performed at some of the finest international music festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard … and Prussia Cove in England.”

The July 16 performance pairs Jokubaviciute with Kumar and festival co-artistic director Amy Sue Barston in Beethoven’s piano trio “Op. 70 No. 2 in E flat major.” Kumar and Barston, with the Avalon String Quartet, will play Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” in the second half.

On July 21, Chalaca, a trio, will play work by immigrant composers from Caribbean and South American countries.

The season finale on July 23 is “Mozart in the Jungle.” Two members of Chalaca on clarinet and percussion will play Latin works. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra violist Melissa Matson and violinist Patricia Sunwoo will join Chalaca for Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet.”

The festival also has community performances, including a free concert for children at Wood Library July 20. lakemusicfestival.org

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